Brantham Athletic 4 Swaffham Town 1

Swaffham Reserves Harry Porter slots home to open his account against Beccles Caxton. Picture: Eddie

Swaffham Reserves Harry Porter slots home to open his account against Beccles Caxton. Picture: Eddie Deane - Credit: Archant

Swaffham Town slipped to a disappointing defeat at Brantham Athletic but the Pedlars still maintained their league position.

Swaffham started strongly, Jake Platten was unlucky not to be on the scoresheet in the opening minutes as his shot from 20 yards went just over the bar.

The home side took the lead in the 34th minute against the run of play. A long through ball beat the defence and the centre forward slotted past Dean 'Rocky' Mayes, finding the far corner of the net.

Brantham opened the second half with two further goals in 10 minutes to effectively seal the points.

An injury to the referee saw a change in officials and an opening for the Pedlars appeared in the 79th minute thanks to the award of a soft penalty, but Alex Vincent put the spot-kick wide.

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Swaffham did get a goal back just two minutes later as Nick Castellan thumped home from 10 yards. It was all too late though as Brantham grabbed a fourth in the dying moments of the game.

A difficult period in time for the Pedlars, who are home to Ipswich Wanderers this evening and are without a game at the weekend.

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Swaffham host league leaders Norwich United on Tuesday, both kick-offs 7.45pm.

Better luck for the Reserves as they secured a 1-0 victory against Beccles Caxton, thanks to new signing Harry Porter opening his Pedlars goal account.

The Veterans enjoyed a tense 3-2 victory last Sunday against Mundford, thanks to goals from Jimmy Chapman, Michael Woodhouse and Darran Hewitt to ensure another three points in the challenge for the League First Division.

The Under 18s were in action on Thursday evening as they gained a 1-1 draw against Easton & Otley College, Jake Slender getting the opening goal. This Thursday they are at home to Downham Town in the preliminary round of the Thurlow Nunn Youth League Cup.

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